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Many points come up in the abortion debate. Here's a look at 10 abortion arguments from both sides - 10 arguments for abortion and 10 arguments against abortion - for a total of 20 statements covering a range of issues including teen pregnancy, rape and incest, post-abortion stress, health concerns and complications, and whether abortion is moral.
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Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare's famous teenage couple - are more than star-crossed lovers. They're lending their names to Romeo and Juliet laws - legislation enacted by states that attempts to legally define the difference between child molestation and sex between consenting teenagers.What Romen and Juliet laws mean for teens.
What is a cougar, and how old are cougar women? What is the age difference between a cougar and the men she pursues? Definition of a cougar woman, plus several real-life examples of Hollywood cougar couples.
A look at why women choose abortion and the most commonly given reasons why women have an abortion.
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A look at the reasons why teens choose abortion, and the role that parental involvement and access to abortion services play in the decision-making.
What are the different types of abortion and how far along can you be to have an abortion?
Statistics and facts on teenage pregnancies in the United States.
Abortion facts including annual abortion statistics in the U.S. Essential facts for pro-choice and pro-life advocates.
Years after she was raped while serving in the military, a wife and mother recalls the traumatic assault, the trust she placed in the officer who betrayed and raped her, the lack of support from the priest who counseled her and her superiors, and the family that refused to back her when she sought to press charges.
When deciding what's the right age to have sex, many young women and teen girls are influenced by their peers. But if they turn to the media for the answer to the question
Increased safety and security are just a couple of swipes away with these iPhone and smart phone apps that enable you to reach out to resources if you find you're being threatened or may become the victim of rape or sexual assault.
The first in a two-part series on the pros and cons of abstinence, these 10 arguments for abstinence include why abstinence is the only 100% effective method of pregnancy prevention and why delaying sex may be the best choice for teens emotionally and academically.
Drawing from a cross section of political, economic, and social concerns, these top 10 facts about women illustrate why women's issues should be of concern to every woman
If you're wondering whether or not your relationship will last, clues to how your partner really feels are revealed when you look at the meaning behind the gifts he's given you.
Although it's a number many women dread, turning 50 isn't the end of the world. A look at the good, the bad and the ugly of turning fifty for women including increased self-acceptance, menopause, an empty nest, and that inevitable underarm sag that resembles fish bellies.
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A list of websites that provide an online directory of abortion clinics that offer abortion services or referrals to abortion providers including links and phone numbers.
Sex with the boss may sound exciting, dangerous, and romantic, but an office affair with the boss can cause resentment from co-workers, impact both your careers, and is a bad idea all around.
What is an order of protection? Definition of the legal term, and an explanation of how to get an order of protection.
Rape survivor Renee DeVesty shares her story after nearly 30 years of silence and explains why women who recover are rape survivors, not rape victims.
When a woman overhears the comment that she's a 'butterface,' is that a compliment or an insult? What is the definition of butterface? Where does the meaning of butterface come from?
Who was Rosie the Riveter? A description of Rosie the Riveter, a World War II image created for a propaganda campaign to encourage women to work, and how she emerged as an icon of working women.
What are the qualities of women leaders? Is there a gender difference between male and female leadership? Are there leadership qualities unique to women?
A list of the top ten states with the highest teenage pregnancy rates and highest birth rates among females age 15-19 in the U.S.
The 19th amendment, also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, guaranteed women the right to vote and was signed into law on August 26, 1920.
Female friendships often suffer due to moving, marriage or motherhood, prompting many women to seek out new friends. But meeting new people isn't as easy as it once was, and many women are going online to make new friends.
What is an ectopic pregnancy? Here's a brief answer with resources for more in-depth information.
Although the term wet nurse is rarely heard today, for centuries it was a position commonly held by poor women who would breastfeed the babies of the aristocracy. How did wet nursing come about and what led to the demise of the profession?
Facts and statistics on cyberstalking and women
Rape and physical abuse of prostitutes are all too common in the sex trade. Prostitution statistics reveal that most have endured childhood sexual abuse and face a similar situation in adulthood. Yet the legal system turned a blind eye to prostitutes who've been raped, until the case of Aileen Wuornos made headlines.
A link exists between domestic violence and low self-esteem, compounding the difficulty experienced by victims trying to break free from partner abuse.
The second in a two-part series on the pros and cons of abstinence, these 10 arguments against abstinence include reasons why this may not be the most realistic approach for all teens and how teens are still at risk of getting STDs even if they refrain from vaginal intercourse but still engage in other forms of sexual contact.
Ten facts about teen dating violence and statistics on dating abuse in adolescent relationships.
Is there value in female friendships? As women we are more social, more community focused, collaborative, and less competitive than men - and the need for girlfriends is part of our DNA.
There is an anti-choice frenzy sweeping the nation in the wake of Obamacare. What is the Right doing to undermine women's access to reproductive care?
A biography and profile of Michelle Obama, wife of presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
Does the government fund abortions? Do taxpayer dollars pay for abortion? Although the short answer is no, the long answer covers exactly how taxpayer dollars are restricted from paying for abortions and the legislation that blocks government funding of abortion.
Although domestic violence affects the lives of 1 out of 4 women, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about this unfortunately common part of society. We’re here to separate fact from fiction.
Twelve girls. One small town. Four grades of high school. Five hundred hours of footage. Eight emotional
Learn the 12 tips to protect yourself from cyberstalking.
A look at the history of women on the Supreme Court, including the first female justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the second female justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
It's devastating to lose a mother at any age. For adult daughters, the grief is accompanied by a feeling of being alone, being unmoored, even for women who weren't close to their mothers. A therapist and author of a memoir on her own mother/daughter relationship reflects on the impact of a mother's death on an adult daughter, and the mix of thoughts and feelings that are engendered.
Drawing from the most current data available from the Guttmacher Institute's February 2012 report on teenage pregnancy, teenage abortion and teenage birth rates, here's a compilation of statistics and facts on teen pregnancy in the U.S. and comprehensive national trends from the most recent year available, 2008.
The occupations that employ the most women continue to fall under the 'traditional' careers for women. These jobs also employ the largest percentage of women, and the top ten occupations for women account for 28% of the female labor force.
How the Hyde Amendment's restrictions on Medicaid abortion coverage hurts those who need abortion services the most - poor women who cannot afford to pay for abortion themselves.
How different is feminism in India from feminism in the West? Author and Indian feminist Sarojini Sahoo explains how Eastern feminism has an additional hurdle to overcome - tigher restrictions on female sexuality - and why women are the victims of cultural practices such as bride burning and dowry killings.
What is pelvic inflammatory disease? How does it relate to sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and can it affect a woman's ability to become pregnant?
A mother of three sons considers the advantages of single sex education for boys and finds that like girls, boys benefit from a classroom setting that focuses exclusively on their needs and helps dispel gender stereotypes.
How common is child sexual abuse? Is the typical perpetrator more likely to be the stranger in the park looking for his lost dog, or a trusted friend or family member? Facts and statistics on the prevalence of child sexual abuse and who's at greatest risk of becoming a victim.
When a woman turns 50 in the Netherlands, she becomes a Sarah -- old enough to have seen the biblical figure of the same name. The Sarah 50th birthday celebrates older women and has many unique traditions associated with this special birthday.
Advances in technology have allowed stalking to go online, with perpetrators accessing personal information. Read about examples of cyberstalking and individual stories.
Why is there a gender divide at Thanksgiving? Why are women in the kitchen and men in the family room watching TV? Even the most forward-thinking women revert back to those stereotypical gender roles at Thanksgiving. Read what experts have to say about these roles, why we assume them, and whether or not we can change the dynamic.
Definition of cyberstalking and examples of the forms it can take.
Who is more likely to vote, women or men? Are there gender differences in voter turnout between women and men?
If you want to give a distinctive gift with special meaning, why not shop for gifts that give back to the women who produced them? These gifts 'give twice' by benefiting both seller and recipient. Often handmade by artisans who work within a women's collective, these socially responsible gifts provide financial support and economic independence to women, their families and communities. Browse this list of over a dozen resources for online gifts -- all benefit women, and many qualify as fair trade gifts.
When a woman faces an unintended pregnancy and a baby she can't raise, when she terminates her pregnancy,
A victim of cyberstalking, one woman tells the story of how she eventually became an expert and advocate for others.
A diagnosis of ovarian cancer is frightening, but the disease isn't always fatal, as these ovarian cancer survivor stories reveal.
The fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system, girls are underserved and their specific needs unmet in a system designed for boys. The issues that often drive girls toward delinquency -- such as sexual and physical abuse and neglect -- are made much worse.
Rape myths -- beliefs about sexual violence and rape victims -- are almost always wrong yet persist in our culture and are commonly accepted beliefs. A definition of what rape myths are, examples of common rape myths, and the story of a CBS reporter whose rape in Egypt in February 2011 illustrates the negative impact of rape myths.
What is a millennial? Definition of the term and how millennials are changing the workplace.
What is CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women? A description of the United Nations' international human rights treaty also known as the Treaty for the Rights of Women.
Although rape victim Renee DeVesty healed physically from her rape, it took years to overcome the emotional trauma and move from victim to rape survivor on the road to recovery from rape.
What is Title VII? An explanation the types of employment discrimination prohibited by Title VII, including gender. Special focus is given to the concerns of working women.
Most frequently cited by opponents as the country's leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood does so much more for women's health care. Only 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood are abortion services, so what are the other 97%? Here's a detailed account of what Planned Parenthood does.
What is slut shaming? What does slut shaming involve and who is targeted? Why does slut shaming happen?
A description of the international campaign highlighting 16 days of activism against gender-based violence against women.
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Men are more likely to view women as sex objects after seeing sexy images such as photos of women in bikinis, according to a study by psychologist Susan Fiske.
What is the role of African American women in the black church? In a typical black church the majority of the congregation is female and the pastor in the pulpit is male. Black women have long been recognized as the backbone of the church, yet they are rarely spiritual leaders. What do black women think of this situation?
If CEDAW - the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women - is an international bill of rights for women, why won't the U.S. ratify CEDAW? A look at the reasons why, the presidents who supported it, and the groups that oppose it.
The number of child brides and child marriages worldwide is 51 million and is expected to double in the next ten years. And the social and economic impact of child marriages is widespread and overwhelmingly negative. Details on why this is so.
Freshman year of college is one of transition, change, and growing independence, especially for female students. These 10 tips -- advice from a graduating college senior -- are geared to girls entering college for the first time and will help you to know what to expect and how to handle the challenges ahead.
Even when we think we're being careful, we reveal a surprising amount of personal information when we use social networking sites and social media. These 10 tips for women and girls can help protect your privacy and reduce the risk of stalking and identity theft.
When women politicians experienced sexism and sexist attacks on the campaign trail, they believed that 'put up and shut up' was in their best interests. Now we know better, and one female candidate learned the hard way that sexist attacks hurt women in politics and silence isn't golden -- it's the biggest political mistake a woman can make.
Is Sadie Hawkins Day a real day, and is it the same day as Leap Day, February 29? How did it start, and why do women ask men out or propose marriage on Sadie Hawkins Day?
At Gloucester High school, an alleged teenage pregnancy pact has resulted in 17 pregnancies at the school this past year. Why do teens choose to become pregnant, and what are the other issues that complicate the situation?
The decision whether or not to require high schools to provide sex education, HIV education, or abstinence education to their students is made at the state level and has a significant impact on teen pregnancy and teen birth rates, not to mention contraceptive use. Based on the findings of the Guttmacher Institute, this article examines which states have specific requirements in place and where abstinence only education is all that's offered to students.
Sending your child off to college is never an easy process. Here are 10 tips on what to expect, how to make saying goodbye easier, and ways to support your child's growing independence.
It's commonly accepted that women should pitch their voice lower to convey authority and be more successful, but is this true? Does voice pitch influence perceptions of authority? Are women's voices more irritating than men, and is there a gender bias? Do we respond differently to female voices? A professional voiceover actor looks at bias and gender discrimination in the voiceover industry and what it takes to get to the top.
Biography of Alexis A. Moore, cyberstalking expert and Founder/President of Survivors in Action, a national victim's advocacy group.
These career fields and occupations employ the largest percentage of women. See what the top 15 occupations are along with links to information on what type of education is required and what kinds of jobs are available.
A short but comprehensive bio / profile of singer songwriter Adele who is tied with Beyonce as the female artist with the most Grammy wins in one night.
Every August 26th we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, but what exactly is it all about and why do we still need this day?
Despite facing violence at alarming rates, trans women are often left out of the domestic violence discussion.
A look at teen pregnancy in the U.S., including facts and statistics and media coverage of teen pregnancies making headlines.
Every time a sex scandal rocks the headlines, a powerful man is involved. What is the connection between men, sex and power, and why do powerful men behave so badly towards women? How does politics play into sex and power?
What does affirmative action mean for women?
Why do we label older women who date younger men 'cougar women'? A look at the stereotypes and misinformation about cougar women from a woman who just happens to date younger men and resists the label.
Look at teenage birth rates by state and you'll see a wide disparity between the states with the highest rate and the one with the lowest. What state has the highest teen birth rate? Which one has the lowest? And is the recent nationwide decline in teenage births reflected in every state?
A short but comprehensive bio / profile of Beyoncé who is tied with Adele as the female artist with the most Grammy wins in one night.
A description of Title IX which changed the face of women's sports.
Who are the women who keep their names, and why do they make this choice? The personal and political implications that shape the decision.
What are the best jobs for women available? A look at the careers that employ the most women, the occupations that have the largest percentage of women, the top paying jobs for women, jobs where women earn more than men, and more. Plus factors that can have a positive or negative influence on her job and career.
Despite a very real gender-based wage gap, in some jobs women often earn more than men. High paying jobs for women frequently revolve around non-traditional jobs, and in career fields where women are scarce, they can earn more than their male counterparts.
Jane Noe was a college student studying overseas when she was raped by a fellow student. Alone and afraid no one would believe her, she remained silent...until she found out she was pregnant. A pro-choice advocate, Noe explains why her decision to continue on with her pregnancy and keep the baby was the right one for her even as she supports every woman's right to choose.
When a child leaves for college, it's particularly hard for women who see themselves as friends first, mothers second, to let go.
The Equal Rights Amendment or ERA, proposed and passed by Congress but never ratified by the required number of states, guarantees the equality of rights of both women and men under the Constitution.
Every year October 11 is International Day of the Girl, a celebration of girls’ issues around the world.
It's common knowledge that women earn less than men, but what are the facts and statistics? Numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal how wide or narrow the gender wage gap is based on age, race, education, and marital status
How much does an abortion cost? The answer depends on what type of abortion you choose -- an in-clinic procedure or a medication abortion involving the abortion pill.
An ABC News 20/20 investigation in January 2011 revealed a disturbing history of rape and sexual assault among women serving as volunteers in the Peace Corps. This most recent news is just one in a series of articles and stories about the dangers faced by women in the Peace Corps, a US government agency more concerned with its image than with keeping women volunteers safe.
Most women will experience sexual harassment in their lives, and it'll happen at the hands of a man who is more powerful than her -- typically a boss, supervisor, or one of the higher-ups in her workplace. What is it that makes some powerful men think they can get away with sexually harassing women? Does power change how men regard women?
Cheryl Strayed’s Wild is more than a memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, it’s a story of one woman’s journey towards healing and empowerment.
A list of the top ten states in the US that have the highest abortion rates among teenagers age 15-19.
Although horror isn't a genre typically associated with female empowerment, the FX TV series 'American Horror Story' which debuted in October of 2011 introduced major and minor female characters of complexity, depth, and strength, and provided strong roles for older actresses like Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy.
A biography of Yahoo CEO and former Google VP Marissa Mayer including details about her family, childhood and early influence, high school and college years, personal life, and her achievements and successes during her 13 years at Google.
Facts and statistics about cyberstalking and women. A look at cybercrimes against women and advice for women on how to deal with cyberstalkers.
Shirley Chisholm made history in 1972 as the first black woman to run for president, 35 years before Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battled it out for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
Malala Yousafzai is a young Pakistani woman who was shot because she defied the Taliban. Her words and work stand as a testament to her resiliency and fierce determination to women’s rights and education.
Most often associated with women's sports, Title IX covers athletics as well as other aspects of gender equity in education.
Tips from a recovering binge eater - 10 ways to help a binge eater including specific ways in which you can offer support to help them from binging.
When it comes to women's health, these ten health issues are the leading causes of death. It's important to know what they are because many are preventable.
Want to land one of the top paying jobs for women? This list of the top ten -- according to Forbes magazine -- will give you an idea of where the money is.
New laws propose that women be jailed for certain pregnancy outcomes, especially if they take drugs while pregnant. But is jailing mothers the answer?
Race matters when it comes to weight, as studies show black women can weigh more than white women, have higher BMI and waist circumference measurements, and still be healthier.
They call it Thanksgiving, but for most women the day is filled with dozens of tasks -- many of them thankless -- all in preparation for the Thanksgiving meal. It's no wonder that many women feel stress at Thanksgiving. These 10 tips can help take the pressure off Thanksgiving and remind us that the day is all about celebration and time with family and friends, not the impossible pursuit of a Norman Rockwell-like ideal of holiday perfection.
A Kent State psychologist reveals why narcissistic men harbor hostility toward heterosexual women, and why dating narcissistic men may be a very bad idea.
Hunger in America is measured by food insecurity, and the group at greatest risk are the families of single mothers. How many women and children go hungry in the US, and how do they compare to other demographic groups? Facts and statistics on how hunger affects women and children in America.
If there's one American holiday that's synonymous with women's work, it's Thanksgiving. It's a day steeped in so much tradition that it's no wonder gender equity often takes a back seat in its celebration. Granted, there's enjoyment in preparing a meal for those you love. But does it always have to be the women who bear the brunt of the workload?
You're thinking about having an abortion and you've got questions about abortion and the abortion process. Having an abortion requires a great deal of advance planning, and this list of six items to consider can help with the decision-making and the process of choosing a legitimate health care provider who offers abortion services.
10 facts including statistics on direct sales and women, and why women are critical to direct selling such as home party sales and door-to-door, face-to-face selling.
Who says 13 is an unlucky number? In the 113th Congress convening in January 2013, a record number of women in Congress, as well as in both the House and Senate, will change the way things are run in Washington, DC.
Mothers who experience the death of a child find different ways to survive the pain and grief. For one California woman surviving the loss of a child, writing in an online journal about her son's life and death helps her and other parents to endure and perhaps heal.
An explanation of the Bejing Declaration and Platform for Action, approved by participants at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in September 1995.
Do women love their bodies? So much of our culture focuses on what women hate about their bodies that there's little self-love evident on the internet or in the media.
The long and difficult road faced by supporters of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in getting the anti-pay discrimination bill passed.
Known to her fans as Flylady, this internet phenomenon helps women organize and declutter. Meet Flylady Marla Cilley, the woman behind the buzz.
First impressions are critical in our personal and professional lives. Here are 10 tips for women to boost confidence and project presence in any situation.
A description of the 1976 Hyde Amendment restricting federal funding for abortions, and its impact on abortion today.
Choosing to have a prophylactic double mastectomy had both good and bad aspects for a woman with a family history of breast cancer. Page 3.
Was Mrs. Claus an early feminist icon? In her first appearance in 1889, she was already pushing the envelope on gender roles and women's equality.
Teen pregnancy is on the rise after a decline of 16 years, and the trend appears to be linked to abstinence-only sex education programs and declining use of contraceptives among teens.
What do you do if you think your husband is cheating on you? Advice on surviving divorce, dealing with infidelity and cheating, and how to get back into dating when you're newly single after a divorce.
A survivor of domestic violence who escaped after 23 years of abuse debunks myths about domestic violence with examples drawn from her own experiences.
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An expert in child support enforcement describes the ins and outs of the enforcement of child support and tips for parents pursuing child support payments.
The events preceding the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the controversies surrounding her nomination by President Obama, the bi-partisanship evident in her Senate confirmation process, and her historic appointment as the Court's first Hispanic justice
Girls, teens and women confront body image issues every day. With the U.S. premiere of five separate documentaries, BBC America explores Hollywood-style extreme weight loss, teenage obesity, breast enlargement, breast reduction, and gender identification through the eyes of a teen dealing with transsexuality.
An explanation of the terms female circumcision and female genital mutilation including a look at where it's practiced, statistics on how many women are affected, why this cruel act of violence against girls and women continues, and the organizations fighting to end the practice.
When women cry at work, is it a career killer? Is crying a sign of weakness? We all believe we won't be taken seriously if we're seen crying in the workplace. But is this true, and is there ever a situation in which crying can be beneficial?
Executive women have been slow to embrace what men have known for years - playing golf is good for your business and your career. For professional women intent on breaking the glass ceiling, learning how to golf helps them break the grass ceiling first.
A college student who's faced Binge Eating Disorder discusses ways to avoid triggers at college.
Definition of sexual harassment and guidelines taken from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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What's the meaning behind Sarah Palin's children's names? Why do they have such unusual names?
An adult daughter comes to terms with the terminal diagnosis and impending death of a parent, and recalls the special father daughter relationship they shared.